Krejcir crimes: 'Substantial evidence collected'

2015-02-09 09:58
Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

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Johannesburg - Czech fugitive and murder accused Radovan Krejcir was allegedly involved in a raft of crimes and substantial evidence has been collected against him, national police said on Monday.

"Indeed we unearthed a lot of evidence that we will be able to place before the court which will indicate that Krejcir and many of his co-accused ... were involved in many criminal activities," Lieutenant General Solomon Makgale said.

"We are very pleased with the work the investigating team is doing. We want to congratulate them as they were able to unearth a lot of evidence in a very short time."

The Star reported on Monday that aside from four cases Krejcir has appeared for in court, there were more than 100 others in which he was the main suspect.

These include over 20 murders, 15 cases involving drug trafficking, 30 house and business robberies, 15 fraud and many hijacking cases.

Makgale could not confirm this on Monday.

In court for murder

On Friday, Krejcir appeared in the Germiston Magistrate's Court with three others for the murder of Sam Issa. The case was postponed to 8 April.

Issa and Krejcir were business associates. Issa was shot dead in Bedfordview, Johannesburg, on 12 October 2013, while sitting in his Audi Q7. A white Ford Ranger pulled up next to him and the occupants opened fire, killing him.

At the time of the murder, IOL reported that Issa was a drug trafficker.

Krejcir arrived in South Africa in 2007 and was detained for a month for allegedly using a forged passport.

Krejcir's associates Uwe Gemballa and Teazers strip club owner Lolly Jackson, with whom he was allegedly involved in money laundering, were both killed in 2010.

In March 2011, Krejcir's security consultant Cyril Beeka was killed in a drive-by shooting. A hit list allegedly found in Krejcir's home contained the names of Beeka and security consultant Paul O'Sullivan.

Sentenced in absentia

In November 2013, a Serbian man, Veselin Langanin, who was arrested with Krejcir for armed robbery, was shot dead in his Bedfordview home.

In October 2012 the armed robbery charges against Krejcir were withdrawn.

In his home country in 2012, Krejcir was sentenced in absentia to 11 years in jail for money laundering.

That year, Krejcir was arrested for fraud related to a R4.5m insurance claim, allegedly made using forged medical papers stating he had bladder cancer. The charges were withdrawn.

In 2013, Krejcir survived a number of alleged attempts on his life. In July that year his car was shot at seconds after he got out of it, in the parking lot of his Money Point gold and diamond exchange business in Bedfordview.

His former employee Brendan Harrison was arrested for allegedly plotting to kill him. In November that year, two people were killed in a bomb blast at the same premises.

On 22 November 2013 he was arrested for kidnapping and attempted murder.

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